The latest recruits to join the Western Australian Police Force are a fleet of 50 new Kia Stingers which will be rolled out over the next 12 months.
This will be the second state to employ the Stinger after the Queensland Police Force also added 50 330 V6 models to their Road Policing Command in July.
The 50 new Stinger police vehicles will replace the aging Commodore and Falcon pursuit vehicles. The Stinger was selected after an extensive six-month assessment program found that they met or exceeded key criteria in performance, safety, availability and cost-effectiveness.
Like with the Queensland fleet, the WA Stingers will be entry-level bi-turbo V6 models with 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque. Hitting 100km/h from a standstill takes only 4.9 seconds, plenty of off-the-line pace to catch speeding drivers.
Apart from a plug-and-play wiring loom which is needed for the additional demands of multiple operational equipment systems, the Stingers will be unmodified from the standard version.
Following in the Queensland and Western Australia Police Force’s footsteps, other states will be assessing the Stinger as an operational option to replace the outgoing Highway Patrol fleets.
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